Meet the MBA Class of 2022: Torrey Mayes, U.C. Berkeley (Haas)

Torrey Mayes

University of California Berkeley, Haas School of Business

“An empathetic and determined leader with a passion for food and traveling, living every day with a smile.”

Hometown: Las Vegas, NV

Fun Fact About Yourself: I am a major foodie and have an entire Instagram page dedicated to my food adventures!

Undergraduate School and Major: Duke University, Economics

Most Recent Employer and Job Title: Palms Casino Resort, Manager of Financial Planning & Analysis

Berkeley Haas is founded on four Defining Leadership Principles: Question the Status Quo, Confidence Without Attitude, Students Always, and Beyond Yourself. Which pillar resonates most with you and why?The principle of Question the Status Quo certainly resonates with me the most and is a pillar of my personality. In college, my friends thoroughly enjoyed teasing me for always asking so many questions, but in my professional life this curiosity made me successful. My desire to clarify and understand taught me a lot on the job and led to a variety of new discoveries about my ability. Questions grant knowledge and provide avenues for positive change.

Aside from the four pillars and your classmates, what was the key part of the school’s MBA programming that led you to choose Haas and why was it so important to you? I choose Haas because the program grooms intelligent and equitable leaders. Haas is a program dedicated to enhancing its students’ leadership capabilities and providing them with a framework to better understand the future of business. A Haas MBA will improve my ability to proactively speak up for others and prevent the dynamics that perpetuate inequalities and marginalize groups. Haas will surely prepare me to create positive change in the world.

What quality best describes the MBA classmates you’ve met so far and why? Genuine. This is by far the friendliest community I have ever been a part of. Every classmate I have met has offered me assistance and guidance at every turn. People fully extend themselves to help you however and whenever they are able. Classes have not even started yet and COVID has limited our interactions to Zoom, but the sense of community at Haas is truly one-of-a-kind.

Describe your biggest accomplishment in your career so far. I designed and coordinated my company’s profit growth plan, tracking all major revenue and expense initiatives at the corporate level and all 19 properties. I worked on this project for almost two years alongside our Executive VP of Operations. Overtime, we actualized more than $15M in cost-saving and profit improvement strategies.

What led you to pursue an MBA at this point in your career? My work with Station Casinos was tremendously rewarding and educating, but I had reached a point in my career where I was ready to expand. An MBA provides incomparable opportunities for personal, academic, and professional improvement. I know that my MBA will give me the analytical and interpersonal skills I need to be the best version of myself.

What other MBA programs did you apply to? I applied to UCLA Anderson, USC Marshall and Stanford GSB.

What was the biggest factor in choosing a particular business school and why was it so important to you? The culture was the biggest factor in choosing to attend Haas. I remember coming to interview day and being greeted with applause from the entire classroom as I introduced myself and told them I was interviewing for Haas. That warm, welcoming energy has only grown from there with legitimately every Haasie interaction I have had to date. I could not be happier with my choice to attend Haas because the people are incredible and I am so excited to be a part of such an amazing class.

Look ahead two years and picture graduation. How will you know that your business school experience has been successful? I’ll know that my business school experience was a success if I have a handful of life-long friendships, a wealth of various memories with my cohort, and a job that makes me happy. I expect these two years to be an incredible journey of growth and exploration, full of interesting challenges. My entire life will be different at the culmination of my Haas MBA program and that is insanely exciting.


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